Meet the author - Chris Hammer
Chris Hammer will be in conversation with Andrew Leigh on his new novel The Seven, the latest stunning thriller from the bestselling author of Scrublands and The Tilt.
Yuwonderie's seven founding families have lorded it over their district for a century, growing ever more rich and powerful. But now-in startling circumstances-one of their own is found dead in a ditch and homicide detectives Ivan Lucic and Nell Buchanan are sent to investigate.
Could the murder be connected to the execution of the victim's friend thirty years ago-another member of The Seven-or even to the long-forgotten story of a servant girl on the brink of the Great War? What are the secrets The Seven are so desperate to keep hidden?
With the killer still on the loose and events spiralling out of control, the closer Ivan and Nell get to discovering the truth, the more dangerous their investigation becomes. Can they crack the case before more people die?
The Seven is a compelling thriller filled with intrigue, emotional depth and an evocative sense of place-where nothing is ever quite what it seems. Chris Hammer, the acclaimed and bestselling author of the international bestsellers Scrublands, Treasure & Dirt and The Tilt, can take his place among the world's finest crime writers..
' A darkly simmering mystery, gorgeously told ... Utterly brilliant.' Dervla McTiernan,
Chris Hammer's first book, Scrublands, an instant bestseller when it was published in 2018, won the prestigious UK Crime Writers Association John Creasey Award for a debut crime novel in 2019.Scrublands has been sold into translation in several foreign languages, and a television series based on the novel is scheduled for completion in late 2023.
His follow up books - Silver (2019), Trust (2020), Treasure & Dirt (2021) and The Tilt (2022) - are also bestsellers, and all have been shortlisted for major literary prizes. Chris has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master's degree in international relations from the ANU.
Dr Andrew Leigh MP, the Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT is Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury and Assistant Minister for Employment. A keen fiction reader, Andrew is the author or co-author of ten books, on topics including innovation, inequality, community, globalisation and existential risk.
The vote of thanks will be given by Jeff Popple, crime fiction reviewer for the Canberra Weekly.
This event is in association with Harry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm, and available again after the event.
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A podcast will be made available after the event.
Symposium by University House Wine bar (Shop 13, 152 University Avenue, Acton, which is just next to the Kambri cultural center) will now be open for dining after meet the author events. Food and wine details at https://unihouse.anu.edu.au/eat/symposium/ No bookings necessary.
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